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December 2005 – YMA BBQ Reunion Dinner

December 2005 – YMA BBQ Reunion Dinner

The year 2005 is ending soon and 2006 beckons to us. The YMA is almost 8 months old and we are organizing a YMA BBQ Reunion Dinner during this merry season.

We would like to create the opportunity for all members of the YMA to take a break from their routine schedule and join in the merry making while catching up with old friends.

Details of the BBQ Reunion Dinner are as below:

Date: 17/12/2005 (Saturday)
Time: 6 PM (Registration & payment)
Venue: Montfort Secondary School Staff Recreation Centre (Former Library)
Cost: $5 per head (YMA); $10 per head (MA)
Attire: Casual

So what are you waiting for? Turn up on that day with your buddies and have a great Saturday night!

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July 2005 – Montfort Junior School Open House

July 2005 – Montfort Junior School Open House

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The MJS Open House is for members of the public as well as for Montfort Alumni members. It is on Saturday, 2nd July from 8.30am to 1pm.

There will be school tours conducted by our teachers, every half hour. The Principal’s address is at 9 am and at 11am, followed by a Q & A session.

There will also be hands on activities in the science room; music room, art and craft room as well as story telling and XBox games in the library. The MJ Parents Connections will also be in the Lego Room to meet potential P1 parents.

The “A” grade canteen will also be open and there will exhibition of rugby, softball, Wushu in the school field.

There will be distribution of the school publicity materials as well as a gift for every visiting child.

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Badminton

Badminton

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Badminton – Olympic sport since 1992

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About 12 to 15 regulars, ages ranging from 20s to 60s, are playing weekly on Wednesday nights, from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, at the Montfort Junior School Hall.

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As there are 3 courts available, we welcome more shuttlers to join. The ideal would be would be around 20 players. Nominal fee is collected for the purchase of shuttlecocks.

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Contact William Gay at willmros@singnet.com.sg

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Y2005/2006 Montfort Alumni AGM and Executive Committee Election

Y2005/2006 Montfort Alumni AGM and Executive Committee Election

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The Y2005/06 Montfort Alumni AGM was held on 23 April 2005 (Saturday) at 2:15 pm after Founder’s Day. Details of the new MA Executive Committee are in the MA & SMC Ex-Co menu on the left. The committee members consist of Montfortians who left school from 1971 to 1996. Let’s continue to support the MA and maintain the close links with our Alma Mater.

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FUND RAISING UPDATE 2005

FUND RAISING UPDATE 2005

“Tsunami: The Students’ Perspective.” Booklet

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Some pages extracted from the 80-page booklet

When school reopened on 3 Jan 2005, the plans to reach out to the Tsunami victims were already in full flight. In addition to raising cash donations, the teachers and students in Montfort Secondary felt that the need to do more. For a school that value “Compassion” and “Discernment” in our mission and vision statements, it is in keeping with our character that we respond differently.

It was unanimously felt by teachers that students should be given an opportunity to pen down their responses to the tsunami disaster as this would give our students an opportunity to express themselves. As Principal was constantly speaking with them about the disaster and the implications and follow up but the students too had many things to say about the disaster, they too had feelings and emotions to share. This idea blossomed into a publication of a book, “Tsunami: The Students’ Perspective.” By providing an avenue for all our students to express themselves, it not only brings about closure for the students but more importantly, the invaluable lessons one can learn from a disaster of such magnitude.

The team of teachers led by the key personnel of the school quickly conceptualized the format and liaised with publishers, sponsors, teachers and students to get it off the ground. The teachers and students were being carried by the wave of compassion that followed the tsunami.

The book thematically arranged according to the stages of grief: Denial and Anger, Bargaining and Depression, Acceptance and Encouragement should be out by the end of January. It comprises articles, poems, reflections and drawings to give the students an opportunity to express themselves in the genre that they are most comfortable with. These pieces are also written in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil to emphasize our sense of unity in this moment of grief. Anyone reading this book will at once gain an insight into how our young feel and respond to such calamities. More importantly we will be encouraged that they are growing up to be fine young people. If there is some encouragement that one can take from this disaster, it is that we are raising a generation of young people that we can be confident will continue do us proud. They can respond in the right way and will continue to do so.

The book was launched by Mr. Charles Chong, Member of Parliament for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC during the school’s Chinese New Year Celebrations. 5000 copies of the book will be on sale at $6 per copy as a fund-raising project and all proceeds will go to the victims through Tsunami Relief Fund. In all, the school hopes to raise about $30,000. This effort will always provide us with the memory of our grief and the unity of spirit that our young Montfortians share with their fellow human beings.

Refer to MA News Flash for details of ordering the booklet.

Ben Tay
Fund Raising (Chairman)
MA Ex-co 2004/05
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Adrian Leow
Vice Principal
Montfort Secondary School

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GOLF UPDATE 2005

GOLF UPDATE 2005

Thai CGA 2005 Invitation
A total of about 55 Montfortians, Gabrielites and wives traveled to Bangkok in January 2005 on the invitation of CGA Thailand.

33 golfers teed-off at Green Valley Golf and Country Club for a practice round followed by the tournament proper the following day at Maung Kaew Golf and Country Club with our Thai counterpart (ABACA – Assumption Business Administration College Alumni). Non-golfers including wives did a tour of Bangkok plus shopping under the “spiritual” guidance of Bro Emmanuel.

Their tour included visit to the Assumption University at Bang-Na where one can admire the majestic architecture of the building and facilities, which Bro Martin personally supervised.

Our group also travelled up north to Nakonratchasima to visit Assumption College Nakonratchasima and join them for their anniversary celebration Funfare and Dinner.

In this town, golfers had the opportunity to tee-off at two courses, namely, Voyage Panorama Golf course and Bonaza Koa Yai Golf and Country Resort.

Non-golfers visited St Gabriel School that has a collection of bugs, butterflies and beetles in their own museum.

On our return back to Bangkok, several of the appointment holders were invited to the ABAC Trojan Nite held at Queen Sirikit Convention Hall to join the graduates’ celebration.

Singapore CGA Golf Outing for 2005
In Singapore, we will endeavour to continue The CGA Golf outing on monthly basis when time permits.

MA Golf 2005 Event
The Big Event this year would be the Montfort Alumni Golf Event, planned for October. This is a non-fund raising event but to bring back as much alumni as possible.

“I’ll never do it again without Great Golf Events .” – John Abrahams

Volunteers needed to form the organizing committee. Please come forward, help and organize. See the MA Archives for some pictures of previous golf events.

Naturally we are looking for help to get sponsors to make the event a greater success.

Anyone can get a sponsor for the next Hole-In-One car prize as well?

Patrick Khoo
Chairman (Social Committee)
MA Ex-co 2004/05

 

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BADMINTON UPDATE 2005

BADMINTON UPDATE 2005

Montfort Alumni Badminton Group (MABG) started in May 2004 with 6 Montfortians at the Montfort Junior School Hall, made available through the kind generosity of the Principal, Ms Judina Chua.

Presently on record, we have about 30 players, age ranging from 20s to 60s, and on average we have about 12 to 15 regulars playing weekly on Wednesday nights, from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

As there are 3 courts available, we welcome more shuttlers to join in the sweat it out. We oldies run out of steam too fast. The ideal would be would be around 20 players.

As many Montfortians do not play golf, the Badminton weekly serves other members an opportunity to meet, network and sweat out those extra kilos. We are still in our infancy, and we are not ready to have any competition yet. But it will happen soon enough. Now it is the “Battle of our Bulges”.

It is well known that Montfort had won many trophies at the national level. We even had an old boy, Chia Yong Joo who represented Singapore in international games.

There are plans to reach out to more members and develop the MABG further with the help of Yong Joo. We will keep you posted.

Join us every Wednesday night. You can also check out who are the badminton enthusiasts in the Member Search feature. See you.

William Gay
Badminton Convenor (Social Committee)
MA Ex-co 2004/05

 

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GOLF REPORT FOR 2004

GOLF REPORT FOR 2004

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The Montfort Monthly Golf
1st March 2002 saw the beginning of “Montfort Monthly Golf Friendly” event where champions and runners-up emerged on two formats of “Best Honest John” and “Best Nett Stroke Play”. The monthly games generated lots of interest from the old boys who looked forward to every game making it a regular affair for the die-hards on the green.

Kudos to the golfers from class of 1970 who started this social game amongst them, and kick-started it to an official MA Monthly Golf friendly, introducing winner trophies through the initiative of John Tan.

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Ties were rekindled amongst Montfortians and the golfing group thrives on continuing till today. Besides the monthly meet, there were also golf charity events, which the group generously supported. See the MA Archives for articles and pictures.

Thai CGA 2004 Invitation
Additionally, in the year 2004 a contingent of about 25 Montfortians travelled to Bangkok for a golf event organized by the CGA of Thailand.

This trip included sightseeing tours for non-golfers and wives whilst we played at Lakewood Golf and Country Club / Suprapuek Golf and Country Club. A few also attended final day of The Johnny Walker Classic tournament at The Alpine Golf and Country Club accompanied by Gordon Lim, Gabrielite and our “Johnnie” sponsor.

Singapore CGA Golf Formation
News of the Montfort Golf Monthly spread rapidly here by word of mouth, and from the Thailand trip to golfers to schools under the umbrella of The Bros of St Gabriel’s. Soon they, too, joined in making it a bigger family affair.

From February 2004, this regular outing has been re-named CGA (Confederation of Gabrielites Alumni) Singapore Golf Outing to include golfers from St Gabriel’s, Boys’ Town and Assumption schools.

Sponsors & Thanks
Additionally, in the year 2004 a contingent of about 25 Montfortians travelled to Bangkok for a golf event organized by the CGA of Thailand.

Lastly, this event would not be successful without the full cooperation, patience, and understanding from the golfers on any shortcomings and all members of the various golf clubs who assisted in playing hosts. A round of applause to all of you.

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Patrick Khoo
Chairman (Social Committee)
MA Ex-co 2004/05

 

 

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ST GABRIELS’S FOUNDATION LAUNCH DINNER – 2004 OCTOBER

ST GABRIELS’S FOUNDATION LAUNCH DINNER – 2004 OCTOBER

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The official launch of the St Gabriel’s Foundation was celebrated with a highly successful dinner on 30th October 2004. Held at the St. Gabriel’s Secondary School Hall, the dinner was graced by an old boy of Montfort, His Grace, Most Rev Mgr Nicholas Chia who was the Guest of Honour.

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Despite the very short notice to organize the dinner, the Organizing Committee made up of the Principals of the Gabrielite Schools pulled it off successfully. The dinner was a sell-out, attended by more than 700 old boys and supporters. Amongst the VIPs were Mr. Lim Boon Heng, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Ng Kok Song, Managing Director, GIC, Mr. Michael Tan, previously Senior EVP Singapore Airlines, Khun Wanlop Chiaravanont, President, Confederation of The Gabrielites Alumni, [CGA] Thailand. CGA Thailand sent a contingent of 4 Senior Officials to grace the occasion.

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Apart from the good spread, merry making and catching up of old times, each school put up a special item which had the audience rapt in attention. The Dinner also raised some $20,000 for the Foundation.

Everyone had a great time, and people were still milling around long after the party was over.

Chua Cher Choon
Governor
St Gabriel’s Foundation

 

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